I cannot believe that we are in the middle of the fall season and that the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is right around the corner! If you are like me and want to slow the hustle just a bit, then plan ahead now (yes – in October) for your DIY Christmas gifts you plan on making. A super easy DIY gift idea is this homemade soap for Christmas recipe!
You just need 4 ingredients and less than an hour of your time, you will get 12 homemade soap bars. They have a wonderful Christmas aroma combination of pine and frankincense – a glorious scent to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. 😉
What You’ll Need for your easy Homemade Soap for Christmas:
2 lb block of melt & pour Shea Butter soap base – this is enough for 12 bars
**FYI on soap base quality is that it is worth it to pay a bit more and get a natural version – like the Our Earth’s Secret brand. The natural soaps melt better and feel better on your skin. I’ve tried cheaper and it’s just not worth the savings in my opinion.
Pine Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Red Jojoba beads that I ordered on Etsy. The specific seller I ordered from is now out of stock – so order what you can find.
2 cup glass measuring cup (Pyrex is my favorite)
Christmas ribbon for wrapping.
*Makes 12 bars
You need to start by cutting up half of your 2lb block of soap into cubes. This soap is very easy to cut with a sharp knife. Place the cubes into your Pyrex measuring cup. I start with only half because only 1lb will fit in my Pyrex measuring cup at a time. If you have a larger glass container, you can go ahead and melt your soap all in one batch.
Microwave it in 30 second intervals, stirring each time. The picture above is what mine looked like after one minute. Continue heating and stirring until it is completely melted and smooth. It will be around 3 minutes.
I wanted to add a bit of fresh pine needles to my soap for a bit of color, texture, and authentic pine scent. I have a heavy iron herb chopper that I used to cut up the pine needles. Here is a similar herb chopper that would probably work even better.
Add about 1 teaspoon of chopped pine needles and a tablespoon of red jojojaba beads to the melted soap base.
Then add 10-15 drops of both pine and frankinscence essential oils.
Stir that together briefly and pour the soap into the mold. If you let the jojoba beads sit too long in the hot soap, they will melt, so the sooner you pour and it starts to cool, the better.
Let these bars sit for a few hours until they are completely cool before you pop them out of the mold.
I wrapped mine in some Christmas ribbon as a nice finishing touch before I add them to a Christmas gift basket!
If you want some more DIY bath and beauty products to add to a possible gift basket – then check out this Peppermint & Lavender foot lotion!